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When it comes to buying, selling or fundraising, you want corporate finance lawyers in your corner who can broker the very best deal for you and your business; a trusted corporate law firm that is there for the journey.

Our national track record rivals even our City counterparts, delivering value without compromise on quality.

Our 30-strong team of corporate lawyers, led by Robert Thompson, has been ranked number one corporate dealmaker in the North East and top ten in Yorkshire, the North West and the UK for the past four years by Experian MarketIQ. And we’ve got you covered wherever you are in the UK, through our extensive team of corporate lawyers in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, working across the country.

Going public on the stock exchange or selling a family business? Making that strategic acquisition, or raising funding for the next stage of development? Our multi-disciplinary team of corporate lawyers has you covered. Our emphasis is on taking care of you and creating long-term partnerships.

Whatever the type of transaction; buying, selling, investing, divesting, going public, going private – with over thirty years in business, our team of corporate solicitors bring their exceptional experience to bear, creating long-term value from a strategic start point.

Every project is carefully managed to deliver a successful outcome, with no nasty surprises. Our corporate solicitors are always transparent, engage and communicate clearly, regularly and in Plain English. We’re enthusiastic team players, and when a team captain is needed, we can do that too.

You need absolute faith that your corporate lawyers will deliver against your goals. It’s our job to worry about the detail, to know the law, to share our wisdom, and to predict the hurdles and mitigate them. You can rest assured, you’re in the best possible hands.

Our services

Advice on:

  • Sales
  • Acquisitions
  • Competition
  • Due diligence
  • Employment advice
  • M&A
  • MBIs
  • MBOs
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Raising Capital
  • Takeovers
  • Taxation
  • UK corporates

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Robert Thompson

Partner | Head of Corporate

+44 (0) 330 137 3602

+44 (0)790 022 4981

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Paul Johnson

Partner | Corporate

+44 (0) 330 137 3630

+44 (0)788 158 2567

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What people say

  • The firm’s collegiate approach to fees is also welcome and greatly appreciated as the client, where best value is achieved for both parties.

  • The advice and support is always practical, measured and commercially-focused. Excellent client services and accessibility and always deliver on a promise. Collaborates and communicates well with other law practices.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Imogen Holland and her colleagues Richard Butts and Clare French are permanently available to our queries. Often working into the twilight hours to ensure that we as their client are satisfied and on track. Their approach is aligned with ours and the relationships that have formed over the years ensure that an in-depth understanding of our requirements are considered at every juncture.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Largest Northern practice with an invaluable team skill set. An approachable, trustworthy and well-respected corporate team which delivers for their clients time and time again.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Firstly, beyond the core legal experience and knowledge Ward Hadaway’s corporate and commercial team build a firm understanding of their client and their business, this is key to understand the risk and reward appetite in any transaction. Second is their strong partner-led focus, always on the end of phone or in person literally 24 hours a day. Finally, their breadth and depth in all legal matters makes them a standout group.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • They do rock-solid, highly professional work and you can relax and just let them work. They are great professionals to be with - truly a really superb firm.

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  • They are all very pragmatic, and not afraid to make decisions under pressure with you rather than shying away.

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  • I view Ward Hadaway as the best in Newcastle and they are always my go-to. Their strengths are in scale and access to services but also in their knowledge base.

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  • Rob and the Ward Hadaway team were simply brilliant throughout

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